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Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Tim Keating

Sharon Dennis Wyeth, an African American writer and educator born and raised in Washington, D.C., is the author of numerous award-winning books for children and young adults. She is acquainted with the challenges faced by contemporary families both through her own upbringing in Southeast Washington, D.C. and her work experience after college as a family counselor at a daycare center in New York City.

Ms. Wyeth received an A.B. with honors in a combined discipline of sociology, psychology and anthropology from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College. She is the recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship for African American poets. She is a rotating Associate Visiting Professor in the Graduate Department of Children’s Literature at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and has taught Creative Writing at Fordham University in New York City.

An accomplished public speaker with a background in theater and speech coaching, she is at home with audiences of all ages. Ms. Wyeth has visited numerous schools throughout the United States and abroad sharing her work, her writing process, and her personal story, motivating students to become avid readers and fearless writers. Her themes include literacy, racial harmony, identity, poverty, contemporary families, bullying, resilience, African American history, American history, the search for beauty, and the strength found in community.


Author Bookshelf

A Piece of Heaven

By: Barbara Samuel and Sharon Dennis Wyeth

A young teenager deals with her family's disintegration with the help of a teacher who gives her a summer job working in his garden.

Haley's excited about turning 13, but her teenage years start off with a...

Orphea Proud

By: Sharon Dennis Wyeth

HOT ICE

Taboo to the touch

A fire in the cold

That was us

Welcome to a stage, where a soaring painting takes shape before your eyes, a big-booty poet stands at the mike, and there’s a seat right in front, just for...







Something Beautiful

By: Sharon Dennis Wyeth
illustrated by: Chris K. Soentpiet

A little girl longs to see beyond the scary sights on the sidewalk and the angry scribbling in the halls of her building. When her teacher writes the word beautiful on the blackboard, the girl decides...


The World of Daughter McGuire

By: Sharon Dennis Wyeth

"Daughter--that's my name.  Daughter McGuire--I'm eleven."

When Daughter McGuire, her mother, and her younger brothers, Satchel and Jerry Lee, move next door to her grandparents, she's faced with starting over in a new school,...